- Step 1: Enroll in a fashion merchandising program at an art school or college.
- TIP: Look for a program that includes courses in accounting, marketing, management, textiles, and design.
- Step 2: Get an internship at a boutique or department store. You'll gain first-hand experience.
- TIP: Serve multiple internships to gain experience.
- Step 3: Maintain good relationships with instructors, fellow students, and internship contacts.
- Step 4: Prepare an organized, error-free, up-to-date resume. Use a sophisticated font and design, and include references.
- TIP: Ask before using someone as a reference.
- Step 5: Apply for positions and highlight your qualifications and experience in interviews. Dress to show your fashion sense, but keep your look professional
- Step 6: Take a lower-level position in retail to start. Many fashion buyers work their way up from sales. Your education and internship experience will make you a prime candidate for promotion.
- FACT: Did you know? The skirt is one of the oldest types of clothing.
You Will Need
- Formal education
- An eye for fashion
- An interest in sales
- and consumer trends